How to Edit Pictures With Microsoft Picture Viewer

by Clifton Watson

Anybody with a Windows-based PC can edit her photographs, but not necessarily with built-in Windows software. You can start with the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer in XP or Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 7, the default applications that open when you click on an image on a Windows XP- or Windows 7-based PC. You cannot edit photos with either program, but you can right click on the photo to bring it into the Paint program -- which is not a photo-editing program but a drawing and painting program. If you want a real photo-editing program, you will probably have to download it.

Windows XP

Open the image you wish to edit in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.

Right click on the opened image and select "Edit." This will bring up the Paint program.

Use the painting and drawing tools that now appear to add effects to the image.

Windows 7

Open the image you wish to edit in Windows Photo Viewer.

Click "Open" in the toolbar at the top of the Windows Photo Viewer window.

Click "Paint" in the list of choices that appear.

Use the painting and drawing tools that now appear to add effects to the image.

Tip

  • check No photo-editing program is included with Windows XP or Windows 7. For photo editing, you will have to download Windows Live Photo Gallery (see Resources) or use a third-party tool such as Adobe Photoshop or ACDSee.

About the Author

Clifton Watson started writing and editing in 2008. He edited the "American River Review" and maintained a number of online blogs for Unitek College. Watson has an Associate of Arts in liberal arts from American River College.

Photo Credits

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